Jillaroos to watch at the World Cup

first_imgTalesha is in the army and has moved all over Australia pursing her dream to play professional rugby league.A couple of years ago Talesha decided to move her life and career to Queensland because she had heard of a women’s rugby league competition that existed up north. By the time Talesha got there, the competition was no longer running.After that initial disappointment, Talesha decided to give other sports a go (including rugby union). But nothing quite had the same pull as rugby league.When Talesha heard that at the start of 2017 the Cronulla Sharks would be launching a women’s 9s side of their own, she decided to give it one more go and got herself relocated from Queensland back to Sydney so that she could try and make the team.At that stage in the year, Talesha’s goal was just to play footy again. But then she made the Cronulla Sharks Women’s team and the bar moved.Talesha’s new goal was to represent New South Wales in the Interstate Challenge. She also managed to tick off that honour earlier this year when she made her debut for the Blues in August, helping them to beat the Queensland Maroons 22-6 to win the Challenge for the second year in a row.Was Australian Jillaroos selection too big of a dream for a young woman who only returned to the game at the start of the year?Not in Talesha’s case. She was named earlier this month as part of the Australian Jillaroos squad and I could not be prouder. To see Talesha represent not just the Cronulla Sharks, the New South Wales Blues and now the Australian Jillaroos is extraordinary and I congratulate her on her commitment to footy and am so glad that she decided to come back to the game. I can’t wait to see her run out in that green and gold jersey.Meg WardMeg Ward represents a whole new group of women who are coming to rugby league.Meg has excelled at a number of sports and was a Reds Rugby women’s representative (despite growing up in a house that was obsessed with rugby league).Despite her family loving footy and Meg clearly being a talented athlete, her first opportunity to play came only this year when she moved to the Northern Territory and saw a notice that was advertising schoolgirls rugby league.Similar to Kezie Apps who used to drive five hours to Sydney each week to compete in the Helensburgh competition, Meg drove three hours from her RAAF base to talk to someone about joining a team.She played five games for the Northern Sharks, represented the NT Titans at the Combined Affiliated States Championships and is now about to represent her country.Along with teammates Lucy Lockhart (from the Northern Territory) and Maddison Bennett (Western Australia) it is becoming clearer that you do not need to be from New South Wales or Queensland to represent Australia in women’s rugby league. Elliana WaltonAlong with names like Karyn Murphy, Stephanie Hancock and Ruan Sims, Elliana Walton will always be remembered for longevity. Elliana was recognised earlier this year with the Karen Foulkes award for her dedication, commitment and outstanding contribution to rugby league in the Canterbury-Bankstown District. Elliana is a prop/lock and after being selected for the Jillaroos in 2008 is one of the most capped Jillaroos ever, and hopes to continue playing so she can reach a decade of service..  Not only does she represent her country, but she also captain-coaches the Greenacre Tigers in the Sydney Metropolitan Women’s Rugby League competition, has coached her son in the under-7 St George Dragons and also works full time as a support worker for adults with disabilities. Isabelle Kelly and Zahara TemaraThis is a pair to keep your eyes on.These two women made their debut for the Australian Jillaroos in the Test against the Kiwi Ferns back in May.Not only did these women make their debut, but each managed to score on debut. Isabelle scored the first try in the 10th minute and then in the 30th minute Zahara also scored to give the Jillaroos a 12-4 lead at half-time.Both at the start of their careers, they are players who will certainly be part of the next generation of Jillaroos to be long-term Australian representatives.  One final thoughtThis week I heard Kezie Apps interviewed and she shared that one night, four years ago, she was waiting for ‘The Simpsons’ to come on television and saw that women were competing in the Rugby League World Cup.That moment changed Kezie’s life and she knew that she wanted to be one of these women.You can’t be what you can’t see, so do not underestimate the importance of making our Australian Jillaroos visible to the next generation of young women.I look forward to seeing plenty of you at Southern Cross Group Stadium next Thursday for the opening day of the Women’s World Cup. The Jillaroos game will form part of a triple-header celebration of the women’s game which will also see the Kiwi Ferns play against the Canada Ravens and England play against the Papua New Guinea Orchids.In this Australian Jillaroos squad there are plenty of familiar faces including Ruan Sims, Kezie Apps, Maddie Studdon, Ali Brigginshaw, Chelsea Baker and Sam Bremner.While the women I have just named are women you should certainly watch during the Jillaroos World Cup campaign, I thought I would introduce you to some other squad members who you should also be keeping an eye on.Talesha QuinnTalesha is one of my favourite stories from 2017.last_img read more

Technical, vocational skills crucial to get jobs in oil industry

first_imgNot only engineers, geologists needed– T&T’s energy expertThe oil-and-gas sector can develop high standard technical and vocational skills which can be transferred to other sectors, according to energy expert Anthony Paul, a Trinidad national who serves on Guyana’s Local Content Committee.According to a GINA report, Paul pointed out that there exists a myth over theAnthony Paul, T&T energy consultant at the Natural Resources Ministrytypes of jobs available in the oil-and-gas sector. While engineers and geologists are necessary skills in the industry, for Guyana, the job opportunities lie in technical and vocational skills.“You ask where the jobs are? Technical and vocational skills are very important,” Paul said.Guyana is preparing for oil production sometime in 2020, after significant oil find in 2015.Paul pointed out that Trinidad and Tobago “did well” at developing those skills with apprenticeship programmes in its oil-and-gas industry. “There are many more; as welders, fabricators, mechanics, people doing diesel machine… You have the kernel of that in the schools; they may be distressed at the moment, but do you rescue that culture and use it to build those areas?”He noted that this is a decision for the Government to make. More importantly, these skills are transferrable.In Trinidad’s case, Paul noted, the twin-island state’s oil-and-gas sector employStudents of GTI learning technical and vocational skillsonly about four percent of the workforce, but more than 20 per cent of T&T’s workforce is trained in some technical or vocational skill.“How do you think they got that skill? Because the oil industry needed the skills and invested in the schools. If you train 100 technicians and the industry hires 10, 90 are available for elsewhere,” Paul illustrated.Additionally, these skills, when transferred, can also raise the standards of the sectors in which they are used.Paul, however, cautioned that developing technical and vocational skills must not be done at the neglect of high-end skills. “The other high-end skills are of value too, and you want to focus on those as well; but we tend to focus on the operation (of) technical skills,” he said.“If we fail to develop the high-end skills, we end up using the same foreigners thatLearning welding at the Guyana Technical Institutewe had to bring into the country to do the job,” Paul explained.The Government has to be strategic in how it develops skills for the industry, Paul cautioned. Paul used Ghana as an example of how this did not work out. “A lot of families spend money on children doing studies (for which they cannot find employment) now.”Over the last two years, Paul worked as an advisor to the Ghanaian Government, developing and putting regulatory systems in place for that country’s Ministry of Petroleum.“Guyana has to be careful about what training you spend your money on,” he said. The Government is cognisant of this, and has been making provision for developing both technical and high-end skills.The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNRE), through the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), has committed to spending $100 million over the next three years to boost UG’s training capacity for the oil-and-gas industry. Additionally, the MNRE has with the Mexican Petroleum Institute a partnership arrangement that includes scholarships particularly in areas of technical and vocational skills.  There are also plans for a Petroleum Scientific Institute to be established locally by 2020.Anthony Paul is currently a consultant to the Ministry of Natural Resources on the development of a Local Content Policy for Guyana’s oil-and-gas sector.last_img read more


first_imgBy our Belfast Daily Staff: FORMER IRA terrorist Liam Adams was sentenced today (Wednesday) to 16 years for raping and sexually abusing his daughter.The 58-year-old brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams appeared in the dock of Court 14 in Belfast Crown Court to hear his fate.Deputy Belfast Recorder Judge Corinne Philpott QC told Adams he will spend 16 years in custody and two years on licence following his release from prison. The judge has spent the past number of weeks reviewing pre-sentence and probation reports before making a decision on what sentence to pass on Adams.During the first trial it was claimed in court that Gerry Adams had confronted Liam in Buncrana in 1987 about the abuse, with a claim he had threatened him with a hammer.Gerry Adams confirmed the confrontation but denied using a hammer.LIAM ADAMS JAILED FOR 16 YEARS was last modified: November 27th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgPilgrimage to Medjugorje – Group Leader Nora Grimes, Accompanied by Fr. Nigel Gallagher & Fr. Christy McHugh. Sept 19th 2012 – 7 nights board in Pansion Dubrovnik €699pp includes full religious programme Day flights ex – Knock Airport including return airport transfers to Medjugorje. For more info Tel: Nora 071 9851275/Annette O’Donnell 074 9736059.St. Crona’s Primary School: Names are now being taken for enrolment in September. Traditional Irish Music: In Cloughwally School 30th March, Tea/sandwiches served. Come along for the craic.Used Clothing appeal In Aid of St. Luke’s Hospital: will take place in St. Crones Church car park Sat 24th March 10.30am-3.30pm. Used clothing-clean men’s, womens,children’s, curtains, towels, shoes (paired) & bed linen. If anyone requires bags please call or text 0879703266. NYP Youth Project: Next 10-12yrs variety event in our multi mania Quiz, test your brains and knowledge in our themed quiz with prizes up for the winning team, next Tues 20th March 4.30-6.00pm. Prior booking essential Tel 9561931.Notes to follow next week about our Easter activities & Camps. Continued success to Active Zone Members in their last leg of the challenge to increase the overall amount of weekly physical activity, sport and exercise they carry out. Press Gang is running an Art competition, themed ‘Easter Spring’. All entries should be on an A4 page, in either paint/colouring pencils. Send in pictures to Rosses NYP, Quay Rd, with name and contact number on the back. Tel: 9561931Men’s Shed: This is a place for men of all ages, to learn new skills from each other and maybe also learning something about life from the men they are working with. Meeting every Wednesday morning from 11am-1pm in Cois Locha Hall, all welcome. Contact Rosses CDP on 9561686.Green Prescription: Greene Prescription is a health professionals written advice to a client to be physically active in the natural environment, as a part of the patients health and quality of life management. We are looking for a leader who would commit to taking a group for a walk once a week. Training will be provided, Contact Rosses CDP before Tues 20th March on 0749561686.Spraoi Le Chéile Carnmore Rd are offering a free pre school year for over 3yrs. Registration between 11am-1pm before end of March on 9522804.Choir: Would you like to be part of a singing/choral group? If so why not come along to a choir workshop in Ionad an Mhachaire on Mon 19th March from 12noon-3pm. This is open to both male and female participants over 18. Places are limited, booking required.Dungloe Tidy Towns Community Lotto 17th March winning No’s 4, 6, 15, 17. No Jackpot winner: €50 winner’s. Nikisha Gallagher, Burtonport and Ann Marie Wallace 33 Cois Locha. Congratulations to you both. Next draw March 24th .New Jackpot €7650.Easter Sports Camps: This 3 day camp start on Mon 2nd April to Wed 4th April at Rosses Community School. Boy & Girls 5yrs-13. Fee is €30 per child & €10 for any additional child in a family. Contact John 086 6036406 for bookings.Womens Weekend 2012 Programme: Easter Weekend: Fri 6th-April Official Opening at Ionad Teampall Chróine with Nell McCafferty. Refreshments served. All welcome. Sat 7th A day of Workshops on Womens Health & Well being-Reiki, Angel Card Readings, Yoga, Hypnotherapy, etc, held in Sat night ‘A night at the Grand Ole Opry’ A must for country music fans. Tickets €12. Easter Sunday 8th Marching Band Competition and then Mon 9th Womens 5k Mini Marathon Main St, @ 2pm. €5 registration fee. Check us out on facebook.Ionad Teampaill Chróine is now taking names for the following classes commencing shortly Marine Engine Fetac Level 5, Stone building, Driver CPC and many more. To register call us on 074 95 22198.LOCAL NEWS: ROSSES COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: March 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Rosses Community noteslast_img read more

Holiday Calendar

first_imgChristmas stories about your favorite characters, 10 a.m. today at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Pet photos and Christmas cards with Santa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today at Pet Supply, 26831 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Any combination of people and animals are welcome. Call Pet Assistance at (661) 260-3140. Children’s holiday parade, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today starting at Lyons and Walnut avenues and ending at Hart Park in Newhall where there will be snow, visits with Santa, refreshments and awards. Call Jenny Aurit at (661) 255-4318. Santa will visit Santa’s Elf Camp, 12:30 and 2 p.m., and a performance by the Hart High Holiday Band, 1 p.m. today at Granary Square, located at McBean Parkway and Arroyo Park Drive, Valencia. Call Linda Hollingsworth at (661) 296-3408. “A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 18 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $13-$17 for adults and $10-$13 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Choir of the Canyons will present a joyous and rhythmic concert featuring four vocal ensembles, a piano bass and drum jazz trio, 8 p.m. today at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit www.vitalexpresscenter.com. International Holidays is a celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Las Posadas with dances from various countries presented by The Gypsy Folk Ensemble, 2-3 p.m. Sunday in the meeting room at the Valencia Library, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Christmas concert will feature the music ministry groups bringing the joy of Christmas through bells, dance and song, 6 p.m. Sunday at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Puppet show, “Polly Polar Bear and The Prince of the Sea,” will be presented by Swazzle puppeteers, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Newhall Library, 22704 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Holiday stories and craft, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Children’s Holiday Music Program will feature holiday music performed by children from local elementary schools and performers from Vibe Performing Arts Studios, 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 21 outside the food court entrances at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 298-1220. Holipalooza, a musical variety-show fundraiser, will feature talented local young people, 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $15-$25. Call (661) 799-2702. Living Proof will present a contemporary Christmas concert under the direction of Steve Lively, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copperhill Drive, Santa Clarita. Admission is free. Call (661) 296-8737. Shabbat Sounds Friday night service and Hanukkah party, 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at Temple Beth Ami, 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Call (661) 255-6410. Christmas in Other Lands story time, 10 a.m. Dec. 17 at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Holiday celebration for children ages 2-12 will feature crafts, games, a bounce house, prizes and a visit from Santa, noon-2 p.m. Dec. 17 at Dr. Richard Rioux Memorial Park, 26233 W. Faulkner Drive, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 222-9536. Hanukkah party, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 18 at Granary Square shopping center on the corner of Arroyo Park Drive and McBean Parkway, Valencia. Co-sponsored by Temple Beth Ami. Call Linda Hollingsworth at (661) 296-3408. Sixth annual holiday show, titled “Enjoying the Holidays,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 775-8686 for ticket information. Drive-Through Living Nativity will feature hundreds of costumed actors performing scenes from the birth of Christ, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 18-19 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Family caroling party will meet in the parking lot, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. The caravan of singers will provide the gift of song and spread the holiday spirit to surrounding neighborhoods and return to the church around 8 p.m. to warm up with hot beverages and cookies. Call (661) 297-3783. Jam For Jesus will feature some of the top music artists in Southern California playing a variety of styles from pop to rock, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 21 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-0622. Animal Christmas story time, 10 a.m. Dec. 24 at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Christmas Eve services with worship led by the Living Proof Choir and Steve Lively, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 24 at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Drive, Santa Clarita. Traditional Communion celebration at 11 p.m. Call (661) 296-8737, Ext. 142. Christmas Eve service will feature the children’s musical “Once Upon a Night” at 5:30 and 7 p.m.; the adult and youth choirs, bells, dance and candlelight at 9 p.m.; and adult choirs, communion and candlelight at 11 p.m. Dec. 24 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Hanukkah Party Havdalah, 6 p.m. Dec. 24 at Temple Beth Ami, 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Bring a picnic lunch. Call (661) 255-6410. Hanukkah pancake breakfast will include breakfast, beverages and Hanukkah fun, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 25 at a private home in Stevenson Ranch. Cost: $15 for adults; children under 12 are free. Sponsored by Hadassah’s Kochava Group. Call Robin Bratlavsky at (661) 297-2960 or e-mail KochavaGroup@yahoo.com. Family Christmas service, 11 a.m. Dec. 25 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Hanukkah Family Festival will feature children’s crafts, live music, entertainment, hot latkes and a raffle, 6 p.m. Dec. 28 at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Sponsored by Chabad of SCV. Call (661) 254-3434. To submit an event for the Holiday Calendar, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Free pictures with Santa and Jerome the Gnome, 1-4 p.m. today at HomeLife Bridgeport Realty, 23754 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 799-3613. Cowboys and Carols will feature recording artist Christine Ortega and her band, 6-9 p.m. today in the living room at the Hart Mansion at William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $25 and the donation of an unwrapped gift for the needy is requested. Call (661) 254-4584. Follow the Star, live Nativity scene, will feature more than 100 actors re-enacting the life of Christ, 6:30-8:30 p.m. today and Sunday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Admission is free. Food or cash donation to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry is encouraged. Call (661) 252-0622 or visit www.followthestar.com. Candlelight Christmas concert will be presented by the Sanctuary Choir, Praise Orchestra and others, 7 p.m. today at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copperhill Drive, Santa Clarita. Tickets are free but are necessary in order to be seated. Call (661) 296-8737. “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. last_img read more

Evolution Goes Forward, Backward and Sideways

first_imgAccording to an article by Becky Ham on MSNBC, evolution can make things more complicated or less complicated.  She referred to iconic cartoons that show the progress of evolution from slime to couch potato.  “It’s just a joke, but the idea that life starts simple and gets more complex over time persists even in scientific circles.”  One counter example, though, is the origin of single celled life.  Archaea and bacteria may be stripped-down versions of eukaryotes.  This idea from David Penny (Massey U, NZ) suggests that eukaryotes appeared first.    Penny said, “We do think there is a tendency to look at evolution as progressive.  We prefer to think of evolution as backwards, sideways, and occasionally forward.”  Penny and his colleagues deny the popular hypothesis that eukaryotic cells emerged from the fusion of earlier, simpler life forms.  “Although the idea seems contrary to our cherished notion that evolution makes organisms more complex,” Becky Ham (no relation to Ken Ham, as far as we know) wrote, “Penny and colleagues say it’s possible.”  Well, then, it follows that in evolution, anything is possible.  Penny’s colleague Chuck Kurland [Lund U, Sweden] provided more examples of simplification that “illustrate the Darwinian view of evolution as a reversible process in the sense that ‘eyes can be acquired and eyes can be lost.’  Genome evolution is a two-way street,” he said.Visualize a hockey puck on a frictionless surface infinite in all directions, moving about in various ways.  The concepts of forward, backward and sideways lose all meaning.  The same is true in relativistic Darwinland, where an incoming asteroid can cause extinction but also a boom in emergent innovation (see Fox News).  In the overall scheme of things, does it matter which direction is forward or backward?    For decades, most Darwinists have taught as fact the myth that eukaryotes are a more complex product that emerged from the fusion of simpler, more primitive microbes.  Progressivism is built into such a notion.  Now, if eukaryotes just appeared suddenly, then became stripped down into the other two kingdoms of microbes, then Darwinian miracles of emergence allow for anything.  Why don’t we extend Penny’s theory and conclude that bacteria are stripped-down humans?  (Sorry; that didn’t come out right.  Some people on the beach, though, do resemble amoebas.)Exercise:  Read the following sentence aloud:The Story of EvolutionEvolution explains more complexity, and more simplicity.  It explains why flight arose in some birds, but was lost in others.  With evolution, organs and genomes can become more complicated, or more streamlined.  Eyes emerge through evolution, but eyes are also lost by evolution.  Evolution makes the cheetah fast but the sloth slow.  By evolution, dinosaurs grow to skyscraper size, and hummingbirds grow tiny.  With evolution, peacocks grow more flashy and crows more black, giraffes tall and flatworms flat.  Evolution explains predator and prey, loner and herder, light and dark, high and low, fast and slow, profligacy and stinginess, terrorism and altruism, religion and atheism, virtue and selfishness, psychosis and reason, extinction and fecundity, war and peace.  Evolution explains everything.Now substitute the meaningless word Gribbleflix for Evolution and read it again.  There you have it: the world’s most successful, all-encompassing theory.  Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of Gribbleflix.  Don’t let the anti-Gribbleflix people sneak their dogma into the schools.  Gribbleflix is science.  Gribbleflix is a FACT!(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Carpet in Basements: The Issues, Solutions, and Alternatives

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Fixing a Wet BasementWhat’s the Best Basement Flooring System?Polyethylene Under Concrete SlabsAll About Dehumidifiers GBA Detail Library: Building Plans for Energy Efficient Basement Remodeling Designing dry, warm basement floorsDry, warm, basement floors are designed to manage:Water at ground level — gutters and downspouts connected to splash blocks on soil sloped away from the building;Water at the footing — perimeter pipe drainage at the footing;Water in porous materials — a capillary break (for example, free-draining gravel or a nonporous sheet good like polyethylene) underneath the slab, between the concrete walls and the soil, and between the footing and the foundation walls.Floor surface temperature — subslab rigid insulation warms the basement slab and elevates its temperature.So, you have designed your dry basement like this, or you have renovated it like this.The basement floor is dry, you thinkBefore you put any finished flooring down on what appears to be a dry floor, it’s a smart thing to determine just how dry it really is. Many basement concrete floors don’t have a capillary break or vapor barrier installed underneath them and evaporate what can be quite a bit of water off of their surface, water that is wicking from the soil up through the concrete. There are two simple tests to determine slab moisture transmission (see “Concrete in Practice 28 – Concrete Slab Moisture”). One involves just taping down a sheet of plastic for at least 16 hours and seeing if the underside of the plastic is wet (ASTM D4263). If it’s dry, congratulations – you can put down any finished flooring product you want to. If it’s wet, you might want to consider the next test, the anhydrous calcium chloride test (ASTM F1869), which can tell you the RATE of moisture transmission. Knowing this rate means that you can check flooring manufacturer recommendations on moisture transmission rates and see what types of flooring can handle what your slab is doing.Keep in mind that many types of flooring go down with water-soluble adhesives; that can be a real problem if your slab is drying a lot of water through its surface.Carpet in basementsMany, but certainly not all, carpets and carpet cushion are vapor-permeable, so if your basement slab is transmitting moisture, it can continue to evaporate up through the pad and carpet. On the other hand, if the carpet or pad is on a cool slab and it is loaded with dirt, pet and human dander, it’s just about a perfect place to cultivate dust mites and even mildew.The bottom line?If your basement slab is un-insulated and/or damp or transmitting moisture (and most are):Avoid installed wall-to-wall carpeting. Choose a hard surface material that meets manufacturer recommendations for what you know to be how much moisture is transmitting up through your basement slab.Maintain gaps for air circulation. Keep absorbent materials up off the basement floor and keep gaps between your slab and all objects, such as furniture.Keep your basement floor clean. Damp mop or vacuum your basement floor on a regular basis, based on use and traffic. If you’re using area rugs, launder or clean these on a regular basis and ideally, give them regular exposure to direct sunlight by taking them outside.Manage relative humidity in the basement. Use an Energy Star-labeled dehumidifier to keep the interior relative humidity at or below 60%.last_img read more

Adopting a Green Lifestyle

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img I’ve always struggled with the word “green.” I’m not quite sure what “green building” means, but most definitions include the idea of environmental responsibility.To get a better handle on environmental responsibility, it might be useful to create a list of green values or aims. Here’s my stab at creating such a list.Green values include:This list can certainly be criticized; I invite GBA readers to improve it or add to it. But this list is an attempt to describe “green” ideals.After I created this list, I thought about its implications. Here’s what I noticed: What about buildings? Anyone interested in “green building” should aim to live and work in buildings that are aligned with the values I listed above. What are the implications of this statement? Misguided “green” obsessions Advocates of green building often get sidetracked by issues that have little to do with the values I listed. Class issues Upper-income Americans may assume that a green lifestyle requires the construction of a new home that sports an Energy Star label, a LEED for Homes label, or a Passivhaus label. But this expensive endeavor is unlikely by itself to bring the homeowners in close alignment with the green values I listed. Moreover, low-income Americans are in a bind when it comes to finding green housing or choosing a job that promotes green values. In most cases, poor people don’t have many options about where they might live or what type of job to accept. Housing specifications are usually beyond their control.Like it or not, low-income families rarely purchase airline tickets or spend thousands of dollars a year on consumer goods; this lifestyle may be depressing for… last_img read more

ShareGrid Announces New Increased Protections For Gear Owners

first_imgWorried about your gear when renting it out? ShareGrid’s new guarantee covers every listing on the site—at no additional cost.All images via ShareGrid.One of the biggest worries for people lending out their equipment on gear-sharing websites is the possibility of a renter not returning your gear. This is what’s known in the industry as “Voluntary Parting,” or someone renting your gear, and then refusing to return it (you know, stealing). After reading a testimonial from someone who got their gear stolen from them on KitSplit, its made me very wary of the whole gear-sharing process. Recently though, ShareGrid, the largest online marketplace for film and photography equipment rentals, has announced something that takes away rental anxiety from their network of gear-sharers — a guarantee that all equipment rented on the site is protected by their ShareGrid Owner Guarantee.“Our goal has always been to make ShareGrid the safest way to rent your equipment to other people, and today we’re excited to offer even more protection to our users” said Marius Ciocirlan, co-founder and CEO of ShareGrid. “For years, we’ve been the only marketplace to offer instant coverage against Voluntary Parting. With the ShareGrid Owner Guarantee, we’re taking this a step further and including protection against voluntary parting automatically. Best of all, it’s completely free for all our members.”ShareGrid was the first marketplace to include voluntary parting insurance coverage when they partnered with Athos Insurance back in 2014. That insurance used to carry a small fee, but now, it is automatically included in your rental arrangement, and covers gear up to $20,000.“Our most important task is to protect our community, and we’re proud of all the work we do behind-the-scenes to prevent fraud and keep gear safe. We’re able to offer this guarantee because our security systems are the strongest in the industry. We monitor activity in real time to identify security issues, so we can resolve potential problems before they occur. Simply put, ShareGrid is the safest way to rent gear online.”– Siavash Shiva, ShareGrid COO and General CounselSo if you are looking to make a little extra dough on the side with your gear that lays around most days, ShareGrid is an amazing site to utilize. And with their Owner Guarantee, you can be sure that you’ll have your equipment in hand when you need to use it for your own projects.Want to learn more about renting your gear? Check these out.Streamline Your Next Production with Live Rental Bids from ShareGrid PROFour Reasons You Should Be Renting Your Gear Out on ShareGrid6 Online Resources for Renting Camera GearIndustry Trends: The Most Popular Gear Rentals of 20185 Steps for Prioritizing Your Filmmaking Gear Investmentslast_img read more

Acaylar ‘not satisfied’ as PH sweeps Macau in tuneup

first_imgSammy Acaylar. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Sammy Acaylar said he’s still far from content with the way the Philippine men’s national volleyball team performed in its straight sets win over Macau, 25-16, 25-16, 25-15, in an exhibition game Sunday in the Battle of the Rivals at Mall of Asia Arena.“I’m still not satisfied,” Acaylar said in Filipino. “What we’ve been practicing in our trainings didn’t show today. Maybe it’s because it’s our first time to play together and also the first time to play in an arena like this with the kind of crowd that we had.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress In Korea, the training sessions are about to get on another level with thrice-a-day practices on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while continuing their two-a-day sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays until they return home on August 4.Acaylar is confident that the national team would gain a lot in the Korea trip, noting that the lessons they would gain there will be valuable for the regional tiff.“Korea is one of the best teams in Asia. That is why I really chose that over Japan for men’s, because I want to develop more on service receive and pattern of floor defense, and especially, blocking because when it comes to men’s blocking is really the name of the game,” he said.“Also, I told my libero and my setter that every time before they go to sleep, I will really make it a point that Korean coaches will handle them because Koreans are good in setting.”Acaylar is hopeful that all the sacrifices will pay off in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur,. MalaysiaADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I want to do that because I want to win and the whole Philippines is supporting us, so we really have to deliver good results.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Also, maybe it’s our culture that we know that we can beat them, our intensity goes down. But I told the coaching staff that we have to train their psychology and character of the players, that whoever our opponent is, the killer instinct must be there.”Bonjomar Castel fired seven of his nine points off kills, while Greg Dolor churned the same output to lead the squad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRanran Abdilla added six markers, while team captain Johnvic de Guzman and Mark Alfafara uncorked five points each as the Philippines swept its two tuneup matches against Macau, with the first happening last Friday in Imus which also resulted in a straight-sets victory.Acaylar said that the national team will now go on a twice-a-day training, practicing on mornings and afternoons, before they go to Korea on July 22 to better prepare themselves for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games on August. Time for payback for Gilas vs Chinese Taipei Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more